It’s been a busy year here in the Uncanny Headquarters. But now that Christmas is right around the corner, let’s have a look back at the highlights of the year. Today, resident movie buff Silvia names her top movies of the year
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Released: May 22, 2014
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender
Plot Synopsis: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Why it’s on the list: I have to admit the main reason why I liked X-Men: First Class, the predecessor to X-Men: Days of Future Past that much was the dynamic between Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr aka. Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and I was mostly looking forward to those scenes again didn’t get disappointed But the fact that I liked most was that the movie made up for the rather weak X-Men: The Last Stand. New beginnings can be a good thing sometimes.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Released: April 4, 2014
Stars: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie
Plot: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
Why it’s on the list: Captain America: The Winter Soldier was clearly the better movie than the first Captain America, titled Captain America: The First Avenger. Winter Soldier is darker, has a more interesting storyline and it sets so many things in motion for upcoming Marvel projects that I really want to see more like right now!
Guardians of the Galaxy
Released: July 31, 2014
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Djimon Honsou
Plot: A group of space criminals must work together to stop the fanatical villain Ronan the Accuser from destroying the galaxy.
Why it’s on the list: Do I really need to explain this one? Of course, Guardians of the Galaxy is different from all the Marvel movies before and I loved that uniqueness, it was funny, action-packed and… I am Groot
Released: October 31, 2014
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Kent Shocknek
Plot: When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Why it’s on the list: Brutal, shocking… honest. One of those movies that don’t can’t just forget after walking out of the cinema.
Released: October 3, 2014
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Sela Ward
Plot: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
Why it’s on the list: Gone Girl for once was an absolute positive surprise. Even if you were able to figure out what involvement the wife had in her murder very quickly, there was no way to predict all the twists and turns that followed and specially the ending if you haven’t read the book.
Released: October 24, 2014
Stars: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Terrence Howard,
Plot: A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.
Why it’s on the list: St. Vincent was simply wonderful to watch. The actors played so well together, if you weren’t at least a bit emotionally involved, I don’t know, you’re probably an iceberg